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Pressure gradient differences between medical grade and sports compression socks


Brophy-Williams, N and Fell, JW and Halson, SL and Kitic, CM and Driller, MW, Pressure gradient differences between medical grade and sports compression socks, Journal of the Textile Institute, 112, (2) pp. 187-191. ISSN 0040-5000 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00405000.2020.1730664


This study aimed to investigate the differences in the interface pressure applied by sports and medical compression socks and assess the pressure gradient profile. Sixty (30 male, 30 female) national representative athletes were fitted with both medical grade and sports compression socks in a counterbalanced order. Interface pressure was assessed using a Kikuhime pressure monitor at three different landmarks on the lower leg to better understand absolute pressure application and pressure gradient profile. Medical grade compression socks exerted a small, yet significantly higher mean pressure across the three landmarks (28.8 4.4 mmHg) than sports compression socks (26.3 4.0 mmHg, p < 0.001, d 0.57). Both garment types exhibited progressively graduated pressure profiles, where pressure was highest at the proximal end of the limb and lowest at the distal end. These findings highlight the possible differences between types of compression garments and their progressive, rather than graduated, pressure gradient.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interface pressure, compression garments, sports performance, exercise recovery
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Sports medicine
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brophy-Williams, N (Mr Ned Brophy-Williams)
UTAS Author:Fell, JW (Associate Professor James Fell)
UTAS Author:Kitic, CM (Dr Cecilia Kitic)
ID Code:146740
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-09-23
Last Modified:2021-10-26

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